Jintan and the others feel down after having realized that fireworks were not Menma’s wish and were unable to help her pass on. Later in the evening, Jintan receives a call from Yukiatsu to meet up with the others at the shrine where they all end up confessing their biggest guilts, blaming themselves for being unable to grant her wish. After confessing and having their emotional group breakdown, they decide that they will definitely somehow, but surely grant Menma’s wish. With that said, Jintan hurries back home to bring Menma back to the clubhouse where they are to meet, only to find her on the floor unable to get up. Menma reveals to him that her wish and what she had to do was already done, where as she had promised Jintan’s mother that she would make him cry. Jintan takes her onto his back and hurries to the clubhouse barefooted only much to his horror, when he finally arrives he can no longer see Menma. Freaking out, he finally hears her where as she tells him she is playing hide and seek. He and the group head out looking for her all through the night, and finally at dawn they find pages from her diary folded and shaped like a flower where she had written them each the reason why she loved them. Jintan, unsatisfied with the way she’s saying goodbye protested and had the group all yell, “FOUND YOU!”. Much to their surprise, after saying that everyone, Yukiatsu, Anaru, Tsuruko, Poppo and Jintan were all able to see her, and finally say goodbye and thank you.
Final Impression: *Overall Review and grading will have be in a separate entry*
*SNIFFLES* I can’t stop crying, I cried within eight minutes into the episode and I couldn’t stop and now have a nice tear-stained face and I went through half of the tissue box which I’m incredibly grateful I had beside me.
MY GOD. EVERYTHING COLLAPSED, EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN WENT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL! And when Poppo just like snapped, and we finally got a little bit about his character, as it has turned out he had witnessed Menma drifting down the river and had traveled around the world in hope to avoid the place and forget the memory, but in the end he came back to it unable to part from it. Who knew Poppo was carrying such a memory with him, just wow. That was a twist.
Also my god, I never thought I’d give Yukiatsu more redemption’s points. Starting#1, he called Jintan ‘leader’, #2 started considering Tsuruko’s feelings., and more importantly #3, for once he didn’t shove the blame against Jintan for Menma being unable to move on to heaven.
As for Anaru, talk about being selfish, but at least she confessed it and took the blame on her part. Moreover, she was the one who revealed that Tsuruko’s feelings towards Yukiatsu
(which is kind of a bummer but was expected), and for Tsuruko she filled in so much details of the past that we weren’t aware about.
Regarding the wish, it turns out that I was right about how Menma made a promise with Jintan’s mother. But who would’ve thought the wish that turned out to be so simple was already granted a few episodes back?! Who would’ve thought that the meeting Menma was trying to plan, was actually trying to figure out how to make Jintan cry?!
I think the part that made me choke up the most was the minute Menma was no longer able to be seen by Jintan who was freaking out thinking she had already moved on until he was able to hear her voice. Moreover, I couldn’t be happier that at the very end, everyone was able to see her, even if it was for a short while. It also made me warm and fuzzy when everyone shouted, “FOUND YOU”. It meant so much to Menma, and you know what, I’m so happy for her to be able to pass on while being able to be seen by everyone one last time and say goodbye.
Overall, this episode did what it had to do. Make us cry, have a good wrap up, convey the message, resolve the matters and minor plot holes and complete everyone’s character development. The emotional rollarcoaster that had us crying then suddenly laughing (when Jintan out of blue pointed out that Anaru had two lashes) and back to more crying and heart warming moments. AnoHana by far lived up to my expectations, continuously blew me away every single week and I’m really sad to see that it’s finally over.